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Member ID project, fire season readiness, CFA member thanks

By: Euan Ferguson

  11.00 AM 24 October, 2011

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"Well done!" to: Ali Martin and the team from community safety who organised the volunteer community engagement and fire awareness forum at Mt Macedon last weekend. An inspiring gathering of over 160 volunteers who are involved at community and brigade level in delivery of our essential community safety messages. The forum was facilitated by Captain John Schauble and participants heard from Deputy Captain Glenn O'Rourke from the NSW RFS who spoke on Integrated Community Engagement in Wollombi Valley NSW; Peter Wall and Rayleigh Vandermost (from Hamilton CFA) about "Brigade Blitz - Getting the message through to our own people"; David Brown from Wodonga and Daniel Eshuis from Warragul spoke about the use of social media; and Bruce Conboy spoke about A Brigade Support Team Model from Mount Martha. The forum used a number of workshops to develop themes so that CFA can better support our community educators who operate at the frontline with the community. A fantastic effort! Well done team!

Congratulations To Simon Armitage - Serra Group Officer:
At a recent celebration of the Dunkeld CFA's 75th anniversary I was privileged to award a National Medal to G/O Simon Armitage. The accompanying citation describes Simon with the following words: "...practical... flair and humour .... An uncanny ability to make decisions and communicate them clearly and calmly under pressure.... A tough, courageous, no-nonsense and resourceful leader.... Simon is no stranger to controversy and will fight for what he believes in, whatever the odds, but always mixed with wit and humour." A great inspiration to others around him. Well done Simon!

CFA Member I.D. Project:
Project Manager Michael Bourne and acting DCO Ross Sullivan have briefed me on the member ID project. The project arises from the Royal Commission and intends that CFA firefighters will have better access through Traffic Management Points at incidents. A new photo ID system is currently being rolled out across Victoria so that all CFA members will have personal photo identification cards to formally identify them as a volunteer with the organisation. The new ID card does not itself provide access through a TMP - members will only be let onto the fire ground if they also have Personal Protective Clothing (PPC) and are part of the operational response to the incident. For this fire season the interim arrangement of vehicle stickers will still apply. Three kinds of vehicle stickers are also being distributed. These include: White CFA Member vehicle stickers (so that members who do not yet have a photo ID can still gain access through a TMP); Pastel Yellow Private Firefighting Equipment stickers (so that owners of essential private equipment, who are not CFA members, can gain access through a TMP if required); and "Temporary" fluorescent pink vehicle stickers (so that Incident Controllers can authorise temporary access for essential personnel as required during an incident). Stickers can be obtained through CFA District Headquarters.

Fire Season Readiness:
Operations Project Officer Matt Fraser reminds us of a variety of materials on CFA Connect. This includes the 2011-12 Pre Season DVD at CFA TV. Visit this link to view the video:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDC5FEB619BCD07FC
The Grassfire Tactics video is also now available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F33Jun33-Cg&feature=player_embedded#!
Matt advises that the IMT Tool Box has been upgraded for the 2011-12 fire season. Improvements include a new home page format which aims to make it easier to navigate; a search function on the home page; a new ‘General' section which contains documents that either don't fit into one of the sections, or are relevant to all sections.

"Few people in the world are born leaders. Leadership is achieved by ability, alertness and experience; by a willingness to accept responsibility; a knack of getting along with people; an open mind; and a head that stays clear under stress."

- Franklin Field

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